Aketza Requena is one of the youngest players of the Spanish CP Football national team, and he is going to be making his debut at the CP World Games. In anticipation of this exciting venture, he has kindly shared with us a little bit about himself!
What did you do when you knew you were going to participate in the CP World Games?
I felt great joy because I had been waiting for this opportunity for some time, and I noticed which colleagues had also been chosen. I felt very happy for those who got it, and a little sad for those who stayed outside.
Will Sant Cugat 2018 be your first CP World Games experience? Are you nervous?
Yes, although I have already played two editions of the CP Football International Trophy Ciutat de Barcelona with the Catalan national team, these will be my first World Games, playing with the Spanish national team. There is always a point of nervousness and tension, which I think is positive to bring out the best in oneself.
What does participating in the Games mean to you?
It’s a huge opportunity to progress as a player and as a person, and I think it’s a reward for many years of effort playing on different teams.
How long have you been training in preparation for the CP World Games?
I have not done a specific preparation thinking about the World Games since it was not an objective at the beginning of the season.
The fact of playing in 3 teams in the Promotion and Absolute League of Catalonia, and the National League, in addition to the calls with the Catalan team, has allowed me to arrive in a good state of form for this competition.
What is your goal for the CP World Games?
First of all, enjoying the experience and learn from coaches and older colleagues, since I am still 16 years old. Also, meet players from other countries with the same disabilities as us. And if I have the opportunity to debut, make the most of it.
Thanks Aketza! Be sure to keep up with the CP World Games to hear more from our athletes and support their success.